I can’t believe I thought Gavin was dishy in the last series. Doris, the lecherous old lady next door thinks so, but what sort of judge is she, with her inability to make salads and her excessive swearing?
I can’t decide if her bad language is really hilarious, because she looks like a sweet old lady, or whether it’s a tired and patronising old gag. I’ll have to have a think about that. Anyway, I realised this week that Gav actually looks like a Lego man, with his sculpted black hair and staring eyes. By crikey, even Smithy looks good in comparison.
The problem they’re going to have with this series is how to get everyone together, without making it look contrived. This episode it was baby Neil’s christening, which was fair enough, but I hope they have the courage to run separate storylines which don’t require Smithy and Nessa to be in the same room. I’m not buying the hidden subtext of will they won’t they. They just shouldn’t be together. They don’t like each other. End of.
Perhaps I was in a grump due to hearing my first ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’ of the season, but everyone’s funny little ways seemed like annoying tics. Doris’s foul mouth, Stacey’s stupidity, Smithy’s man-love for Gav, Uncle Bryn’s innocence, and especially Pamela’s, well whatever it is that she does. I suddenly realised I haven’t much cared for Alison Steadman since she was in Abigail’s Party. Heresy, maybe, but she invariably turns in such over-the-top performances that she unbalances whatever she’s in. I still have nightmares about her Mrs Bennett in Pride & Prejudice. Everyone else remembers Colin Firth in his wet frilly shirt; I only recall Alison Steadman chewing up the scenery.
I’ll tell you who I did like: Baby Neil – a class cameo from a dashed handsome-looking baby. And Gav’s Dad, played by Larry Lamb. I have a thing for the silver fox look, and sister, he’s got it in spades. I also love the way he carries on with his realistic and understated performance despite being cast against Alison Deadman. I always enjoy Nessa, especially with her wearing a back sling for Neil so she can smoke more easily. And Dave Coaches is masterfully played. His scenes with Nessa have real chemistry.
But everyone else got on my nerves. They wasted tons of air-time with Rob Brydon singing; with a lame gag about everyone phoning Gav at his new job; and with Smithy’s Mum, who despite being played by Pam Ferris, verged into Steadman territory as more caricature than character.
Of course I’ll carry on watching. I love Gavin and Stacey. Everyone loves it. For now.
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